Most of our work focuses on personal injury. But we also help clients with property damage claims (and don’t take a fee unless liability is disputed). This paid big dividends for a client who was recently in a motorcycle accident.
Here’s what Washington courts have said about loss of use: “The general rule with respect to loss of use of [a motorcycle] is that the owner might recover, as general damages, the use value of which he is deprived because of defendant’s wrongful act.” Loss of use may be measured by the costs of renting a substitute vehicle or the rental value of the plaintiff’s own vehicle.
In this case the client had a motorcycle that was worth about $9,000. Not only did we get him $9,000 for the motorcycle, we also got him $7,000 for his “loss of use” even though he was in the hospital and unable to ride for most of that time.